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Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. hi,
    I need advice on what type of network to setup (PEER TO PEER OR DOMAIN).I
    have 4 worksations & one server that will hold an application. Four
    worksations will connect to the server via mapped drive for accessing the

    Your advice is very much appreciated!
    Thank you,
    =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=, Jan 31, 2005
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  2. If centralized IT administration and management is important to you, in
    addition to security and control (e.g. AD Group Policy), an Active Directory
    domain based network is unquestionably the answer. Particularly when growth
    should be planned for in the setup (e.g. beyond your initial 4).

    It is not difficult but skilled personnel (in-house or otherwise) must be
    available to help develop a solution that meets your current and future
    business needs, not to mention running the day to day operations.

    Do let us know if this helps. Thanks!
    =?Utf-8?B?RGVzbW9uZCBMZWU=?=, Feb 1, 2005
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  3. More than 10 machine: DOMAIN
    Less than 10 machines: DOMAIN (but you could use a workgroup)

    Domains are always better than a workgroup. You don't have to be an expert
    to have a Domain as long as you are smart enough to not fool with things if
    you don't know what they are and what damage you could do with it. Creating
    User Accounts and granting NTFS permissions is simple and that is probably
    all you would be needing to do.

    All the other vast abilities of Active Directory, Group Policy, etc, aren't
    going to do anything and arent' going to matter if you just don't use them
    and leave them alone until you know how to use them. With 4 machines you
    aren't going to do much worthwile with those things anyway.
    Phillip Windell, Feb 1, 2005
  4. thanks for the great advice guys!
    I want to keep it really simple, since i will have to support this network.
    I was thinking of a workgroup with 4 client machine and one server (win2003).
    Since only ONE application will reside on the server, wouldn't it be simple
    to create a workgroup and create accounts on the server ONLY for the clients
    to access this application?

    =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=, Feb 2, 2005
  5. =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=

    Eric Guest

    Put your dental program on a real server and map a drive for all users to
    access the program. For the money and the ease of use, buy a server with
    SBS 2003 pre-installed and buy a backup method with it. You can get new,
    entry level, server hardware with SBS software pre-installed for much less
    than $2K from Dell or HP. If you buy Windows 2003 server, you'll spend $800
    just for a 5 user Windows 2003 Server software and then you'll need the
    hardware. If you just need the server software, the 5 user SBS 2003 Server
    Standard version is only $495 and it includes a simple firewall, email
    server, fax server, file and folder server, and much more. It is targeted
    towards smaller environments but gives you the features of a $10k Windows
    2003 Server with all the trimmin's.

    Don't be misled. Administering any computer network can be a challenge,
    even for experienced admins, however, with SBS, you'll find wizards and a
    nifty user interface that helps walk you through most of the common tasks
    such as sharing files and folders, setting up Internet connectivity, adding
    users, email and data backup. All that hard work and information is
    valuable. Be sure to protect it. Buy a tape drive!


    Eric, Feb 3, 2005
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